The Case for the Relationship Watch

This story is part of GQ’s Modern Lovers issue.  Allow me to repeat a semi-controversial

This story is part of GQ’s Modern Lovers issue. 


Allow me to repeat a semi-controversial opinion that I’ve been shouting for years: There is no such thing as a men’s watch. Similarly, there is no such thing as a women’s watch. There are just watches. They may come in different sizes, and some might have diamonds or jewels on them, but there is no timepiece in the world that comes with an anatomical requirement. There are, however, some that simply look good on everyone, no matter who they are. Which brings us to my next semi-controversial opinion: There is nothing, and I do mean nothing, more wonderful than sharing a watch with your partner. The watch is the only piece of jewelry that has its own heartbeat; there are few objects as personal. Worn every day, it becomes an intimate part of your life, and when shared with your significant other, it becomes something closer to a metaphor: It might suffer a few dings and scratches over the years, but if taken good care of, it’ll tick along till death do you part.

Some designs are a no-brainer for this parenting experiment, like the Cartier Tank, which, in its quiet elegance, has looked killer on literally any wrist for more than 100 years. For a sportier feel, there’s the Rolex Datejust, which I consider the most versatile timepiece in the world. Rolex has made it for more than seven decades, in a variety of metals and styles, and while it’s worth playing with different sizes depending on your preference, to me the ultimate Datejust for sharing is a 36-mm steel-and-yellow-gold model on a Jubilee bracelet. It’s no surprise this is among the brand’s best-selling models—the contrasting materials, the instantly recognizable fluted bezel, and the silky bracelet lend it an undeniably universal appeal.

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